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    The final film from one of German cinema's great filmmakers.

    [For immediate release] Eureka Entertainment to release Paul Leni's THE LAST WARNING, the final film from one of German cinema's great filmmakers, presented on Blu-ray from a 4K restoration on home video for the first time in the UK as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 15 February 2021. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase.

    Adapted from Thomas F. Fallon's 1922 Broadway play of the same name, The Last Warning is based on the story The House of Fear by Wadsworth Camp and centres on an unsolved murder that occurs during a live Broadway performance. When the victim's body goes missing, the death remains unsolved and the theatre is condemned. That is, until years later when a suspicious new “producer” arrives to restage the play with the original cast and crew.

    The Last Warning was Paul Leni's final film before his untimely death, and a prime showcase for Universal's leading lady of the era, Laura La Plante (The Cat and the Canary, Skinner's Dress Suit). A visual artist at the peak of his career, Leni's camera never stops shifting, offering cutaways and trick shots involving nervous could-be culprits, a highly suspicious sleuth, and cast members who suddenly disappear in the darkened theatre. The result is a cinematic funhouse that restlessly cross-examines the suspense of the story's stage play against the “real” murder mystery saga, all unfolding amid the outstanding production design of Charles D. Hall.

    Part of Universal's ongoing silent restoration initiative, The Last Warning honours the studio's rich film history that has spanned more than a century. Universal's team of restoration experts conducted a worldwide search for The Last Warning's available elements, ultimately working with materials from the Cinémathí¨que franí§aise and the Packard Humanities Institute Collection in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the completed 4K restoration on Blu-ray, the first time the film has ever been available on home video in the UK.

    Available to order from:
    Eureka Store


    Limited Edition O-card Slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 Copies Only) | 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Universal's 4K restoration, available for the first time ever on home video in the UK | Score by composer Arthur Barrow | Brand new audio commentary with horror and fantasy authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman | Paul Leni and “The Last Warning” - video essay by film historian and author John Soister on Leni's final film | Rare stills gallery | PLUS: A Collector's Booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp and a short essay by composer Arthur Barrow on his score for the film

    Label: Eureka Entertainment
    THE LAST WARNING (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray
    1928 | 78 MIN. | 1.33:1 OAR | USA | MYSTERY / THRILLER / HORROR | B&W | 15 FEB. 2021
    Certificate PG (TBC) | Director PAUL LENI | Language SILENT (English Intertitles)
    Blu-ray Cat. No. EKA70411 | Blu-ray Barcode 5060000704112 | Blu-ray RRP £20.99


    “Stylish comedy-thriller with all the familiar ingredients of the whodunnit” - David Gritten, Halliwell's Guide


    A film by Paul Leni (The Man Who Laughs, The Cat and the Canary) | Stars Laura La Plante (The Cat and the Canary, Skinner's Dress Suit) | 4K restoration, the first time the film has ever been available on home video in the UK | Limited Edition O-card Slipcase (First Print Run of 2000 Copies Only)


    Eureka Entertainment is the leading independent distributor of classic silent/early films in the UK, its catalogue also contains World Cinema, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Indie Dramas, Hollywood Classics, Comedy and Thriller films as well as a wide selection of TV titles, providing the diversity and selection necessary to continue to satisfy today's market demands and to power the digital video revolution for years to come.


    In 2004, Eureka! established the Masters of Cinema Series, a specially curated Blu-ray and DVD collection of classic and world cinema using the finest available materials for home viewing. Films are presented in their original aspect ratio, in meticulous transfers created from recent restorations and / or the most pristine film elements available. The feature presentations are frequently supplemented by short films, documentaries, commentary tracks, deleted scenes, trailers, plus new and vintage footage. Each release also includes an accompanying booklet featuring rare imagery, newly commissioned essays and / or classic writings that take the reader further into the process of the films and the personalities of the filmmakers. Titles that have been showcased within the series include Metropolis (1927, Lang), The Old Dark House (1932, Whale), Paths of Glory (1957, Kubrick), Touch of Evil (1958, Welles), Kes (1969, Loach), A Touch of Zen (1971, Hu) and Shoah (1985, Lanzmann).


    In 2014, Eureka! established Eureka! Classics to highlight a broader selection of cinema, with each release guided by similar principles to its award winning The Masters of Cinema Series. Titles released under Eureka! Classics range from influential cult films such as Journey to the Center of Earth (1959, Levin), Blacula (1972, Crain) and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964, Haskin), alongside beloved classics like Born Free (1966, Hill), Cujo (1983, Teague), Police Story (1985, Chan) and Fright Night (1985, Holland).


    In 2017, Eureka! established Montage Pictures, a new world cinema label that celebrates ground-breaking and thought-provoking world cinema from new and upcoming directors. The line up to date has included New World (2013, Park Hoon-jung, South Korea); Suntan (2016, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Greece); Kills on Wheels (2016, Attila Till, Hungary); The Housemaid (2016, Derek Nguyen, Vietnam), The Butterfly Tree (2017, Priscilla Cameron, Australia); Under The Tree (2017, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurí°sson, Iceland); Donbass (2018, Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine); The Third Wife (2018, Ash Mayfair, Vietnam); We The Animals (2018, Jeremiah Zagar, USA); The Painted Bird (2019, Ví¡clav Marhoul, Czech Republic)
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